Dramatic Powder Room Remodel

To create drama for his own powder room, remodeler Mark Daniels of Mark Daniels Kitchen & Bath, in Manassas, Va., chose dark granite for the countertop and floor and installed an illuminated glass sink for the vanity. 

When remodeler Mark Daniels of Mark Daniels Kitchen Bath in Manassas, Va. wanted to remodel his powder room, he realized he could purchase a full slab and use it for both the vanity top and the floor. He wanted a dramatic look, so he chose this Brazilian granite slab that has a lot of visual movement. Unfortunately, that type of movement is the result of a mix of different stones, which also makes the granite more susceptible to cracking. This was the third slab he chose because the first two cracked.

Workers remove the floor slab from the truck. It measures 4-feet-6-inches by 6-feet and weighs 500 lbs.

Workers carry the stone floor into the house.

Daniels created a template of the bathroom floor that included placement of the hole for the toilet installation.

Employees of Daniels' granite fabricator placed an aluminum frame on top of the granite and used wood 2x4's under the granite. The aluminum frame is attached to the top of the granite with large suction cups.

Two installers stand inside the bathroom under the slab to help push the slab against the wall. The other two hold up the granite piece using the framing around the slab.

Workers lower the slab to the floor, then slide out the wood 2x4's and remove the aluminum frame.

The vanity has an illuminated glass sink. Daniels used two xenon lights in the vanity to illuminate the sink. He also placed a strip with three xenon lights below the vanity, which is mounted 12-inches above the floor. He first placed the lights on the floor under the vanity, but moved them to the back wall because fixture was reflected in the shiny granite floor. He chose to use a single dimmer switch to operate the two hanging pendants, the under sink lights and the vanity base lighting.

To extend the countertop from the vanity to the area over the toilet, Daniels built a ??-inch plywood platform that is attached to the wall on one side, and slotted into the vanity on the other side. He chose a black toilet to blend in with the darker tones of the granite.

To create a seamless look, Daniels asked his fabricator to cut the granite molding to match the edges of the granite floor and countertop. He refers to this method as book-matching.

This top view of the completed powder room shows the impact of the natural swirls of stone in this granite.

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